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Libssh C Download For Windows 8

How to download and install libssh for Windows 8

libssh is a multiplatform C library that implements the SSHv2 protocol on client and server side. It allows you to remotely execute programs, transfer files, use a secure and transparent tunnel, manage public keys and much more. In this article, we will show you how to download and install libssh for Windows 8 using vcpkg from Microsoft.

What is vcpkg?

vcpkg is a cross-platform C/C++ package manager that simplifies the acquisition and installation of open source libraries on Windows, Linux and macOS. It supports over 2000 libraries, including libssh, and integrates with Visual Studio and CMake. You can find more information about vcpkg on its [official website].


How to install vcpkg?

To install vcpkg on Windows 8, you need to have Git and a C++ compiler installed. You can use Visual Studio 2019 or later, or MinGW-w64. Then, follow these steps:

Open a command prompt and clone the vcpkg repository using the following command: git clone

  • Navigate to the vcpkg folder and run the bootstrap script: cd vcpkg && .\bootstrap-vcpkg.bat

  • Add the vcpkg executable to your PATH environment variable: setx PATH "%PATH%;%CD%"

  • Restart your command prompt to apply the changes.

How to install libssh using vcpkg?

To install libssh using vcpkg, you just need to run the following command: vcpkg install libssh. This will download, build and install libssh and its dependencies automatically. You can also specify the triplet (architecture and linkage) of the library, such as x64-windows or x86-windows-static. For example: vcpkg install libssh:x64-windows.

How to use libssh in your project?

To use libssh in your project, you need to link it with your executable or library. You can do this in two ways:

  • If you are using Visual Studio, you can use the vcpkg integration feature. This will automatically configure your project to use the libraries installed by vcpkg. To enable this feature, run the following command: vcpkg integrate install. Then, you can simply add #include <libssh/libssh.h> in your source code and build your project as usual.

If you are using CMake, you can use the vcpkg toolchain file. This will allow you to find and link the libraries installed by vcpkg using CMake commands. To use this feature, you need to pass the path of the toolchain file to CMake when generating your project: cmake -B build -S . -DCMAKE_TOOLCHAIN_FILE=C:/vcpkg/scripts/buildsystems/vcpkg.cmake. Then, you can use the following commands in your CMakeLists.txt file: find_package(libssh CONFIG REQUIRED) target_link_libraries(main PRIVATE libssh)

  • where main is the name of your executable or library target.


In this article, we have shown you how to download and install libssh for Windows 8 using vcpkg from Microsoft. We have also explained how to use libssh in your project using Visual Studio or CMake. We hope this article was helpful and informative. If you have any questions or feedback, please leave a comment below.


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